Patents Examined by Jimmy H Tran
  • Patent number: 9948506
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein provide redundant functionality for multi-cloud high availability continuous service provisioning. Service rule configuration of regional internet services platforms at different geographical locations are provisioned through a multi-cloud provisioning platform. The systems and methods provide that there is no disruption of service provisioning, in the event of a failure of one cloud provisioning platform, as long as at least one other cloud provisioning platform is available. In the event of a cloud disaster outage at one cloud provisioning platform, a regional internet services platform will automatically register with another active cloud provisioning platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Fenglin Yin
  • Patent number: 9948721
    Abstract: Computer systems, methods and software for responding to remote clients with content selected based on when the request is made. The method may include selecting one or more interface components based on the time of day and/or date of the request, and returning a response including the selected interface components. The method may include adjusting the time for a time zone for the remote client and/or user. Interface components may be fully embedded in the response, or may be references to external components. Interface components may include data relating to a user task associated with the date and/or time of day, formatting information for displaying the task data to the user of the remote client, instructions for user interaction with the task data, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee:, inc.
    Inventor: Jay Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9940647
    Abstract: A video server is configured to provide streaming video to players of computer games over a computing network. The video server can provided video of different games to different players simultaneously. This is accomplished by rendering several video streams in parallel using a single GPU. The output of the GPU is provided to graphics processing pipelines that are each associated with a specific client/player and are dynamically allocated as needed. A client qualifier may be used to assure that only clients capable of presenting the streaming video to a player at a minimum level of quality receive the video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: David Perry, Andrew Buchanan Gault, Rui Filipe Andrade Pereira
  • Patent number: 9940213
    Abstract: A computer program product is provided for extending a clustered file system. The computer program product comprises a computer readable storage medium having program instructions embodied therewith. The program instructions are executable by a processor to cause the processor to define functions required by external services implemented on top of a clustered file system, identify at least one function that is not provided by the clustered file system, and extend the clustered file system to provide the at least one function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: William B. Brown, Poornima Gupte, Frank Marschollek, Lance W. Russell, Rainer Wolafka, Rong Zeng
  • Patent number: 9942041
    Abstract: Techniques for securely instantiating applications associated with computing resource service provider services on hardware that is controlled by third parties and/or customers of the computing resource service provider are described herein. A request to instantiate an application is received and fulfilled by selecting a computer system from computer systems that are controlled by a third party and/or a customer of the computing resource service provider. The computer system is selected based at least in part on the hardware capabilities of the computer system associated with instantiating a secure execution environment. The application is then instantiated within a secure execution environment operating on the computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Branchek Roth, Aaron Douglas Dokey, Eric Jason Brandwine, Nathan Bartholomew Thomas
  • Patent number: 9942179
    Abstract: Generally in a computing environment, executing work based on time (i.e. according to a predetermined schedule) is a common need. However, in cloud based systems, scheduled work may be expensive to customers as generally customers rent system resources. Thus, having a processor dedicated to performing actions that have been pre-scheduled can be expensive. This application describes using a continuation-based runtime for scheduling time-bound and/or periodic work in a distributed (i.e. cloud) system. A system architecture and computer-implemented method are described that deploy an environment-independent action to a remote-based system (such as a cloud computing system, for example). The action is limited to using a predetermined amount of resources and is limited to simple, non-cpu intensive orchestrations of network calls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth David Wolf, Clark Roberts, Leon Ezequiel Welicki, Andrei Romanenko, Christopher Lloyd Gillum, Kevin Lam
  • Patent number: 9923899
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods associated with a social network application. A plurality of posts associated with a client system user is displayed. First and second posts in the plurality of posts are respectively associated with first and second recipient groups. While the posts are displayed, a content item area is displayed. An input, comprising a content item, is received from the user in the content item area. An affordance is presented that enables the user to designate access control information corresponding distribution entities. The content item and the access control information are transmitted to a system whereupon access to the content item is restricted in accordance with the access control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan W. Terleski, Darren Lee Delaye
  • Patent number: 9912545
    Abstract: A method for processing data includes performing an extract-transform-load operation on a set of application activity data to provide a topology index comprising a plurality of unique entries, extracting node information and connection information for an application data structure and building a data structure corresponding to the application therefrom, and providing information from the application topology data structure to a user. A computer program product corresponding to the method is also disclosed herein. Also disclosed is an apparatus for processing data comprising a processing module configured to perform an extract-transform-load operation on application activity data, an extraction module configured to extract node and connection information for the application, and a topology calculator configured to build a topology data structure corresponding to the application. The apparatus may additionally include a persistent data store configured to store the topology index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Scot W. Dixon, Steven Larcombe, Mark N. Weatherill
  • Patent number: 9900402
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described to enable assessment of demand for points of presence (POPs) within a content delivery system, independent of the capacity of such POPs. The content delivery system can utilize load balancing technology to distribute user requests for content to various POPs, based at least partly on the capacity of the POPs. Because load balancing generally occurs prior to a user's connection to a POP, the monitored load of individual POPs may not accurately reflect user demand for the individual POPs services. Accordingly, systems and methods are disclosed to correlate pre-load-balancing requests, such as DNS requests, with post-load-balancing demand levels. Thereafter, the determined correlation can be utilized to assess user demand for individual POPs, independent of the observed load on that individual POP. In some instances, POPs or other network components can be clustered to determine capacity-independent demand for a collection of POPs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiao Yu Li, Yibo Jiao
  • Patent number: 9886813
    Abstract: Described embodiments relate to providing a multimedia contents service to user equipment associated with an electric vehicle located in an electric vehicle charging station through a wireless access point. The wireless access point may allocate an Internet Protocol (IP) address to user equipment associated with an electric vehicle located in an electric vehicle charging station in response to a connection request message received from the user equipment. Then, the wireless access point may transmit a request message to a service server with user identification information of the user equipment and the assigned IP address. In response to the request message, the wireless access point may receive predetermined multimedia contents and deliver the received predetermined multimedia contents to the user equipment based on the assigned IP address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: KT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jong-Hoon Han, Ki-Jung Kim
  • Patent number: 9887930
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for aggregating requests for resources. In one aspect, a method includes receiving a set of requests for computing resources. Each request specifies one or more computing resources and, for each of the one or more computing resources, a quantity of the computing resource requested. A quantity-based provider condition that a request must meet for inclusion in an allocation process is identified. Each received request that fails to meet the quantity-based provider condition is included in a proper subset. Requests in the proper subset of requests are grouped into one or more groups based at least on the quantity of the one or more resources specified by each request of the proper subset and the quantity-based provider condition. A respective combined request is generated for each group of requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Nelson L. Abramson, John Meyer Bossert
  • Patent number: 9886448
    Abstract: In a system for downloading large data sets, when a user downloads a project or other large data set from the file sharing service, the user's computer first determines whether files in the data set are already resident on local storage. Files that are in a locally connected storage device, including network connected storage devices, are copied to the download location specified for the data set to be downloaded. Files that are not in local storage are then downloaded to the download location specified for the data set. Files in local storage are indexed to facilitate matching with files used in the project. Such indexing is based on processing the media data in the media data files to ensure that there is a match. For example, a signature can be generated from a portion of a file, such as a first block of media data from a file. This signature can be added to an index, along with other information about the file, such as metadata from the file, file names or file identifiers and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Media Gobbler, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip M. Kinkade, Christopher Kantrowitz, Matthew Collin Dauphinee
  • Patent number: 9877156
    Abstract: Techniques for populating a content stream of a mobile application are described. Consistent with some embodiments, the delays associated with waiting for a server to respond to a user's manual request for content items are eliminated by using various sensors of a mobile computing device to predict when a user is likely to view a personalized content stream. Accordingly, a background process identifies when certain conditions are satisfied, and an automatic content request is communicated to a content server, such that content items for presentation to a member of a social networking service are pre-fetched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Sameer Sayed
  • Patent number: 9871881
    Abstract: Embodiments herein include methods and systems for use in delivering resources to a client device over a local network. An exemplary system comprises a plurality of caching devices operable to cache resources on behalf of a plurality of content providers, and a local caching device communicatively situated between an access network and the client device, wherein the access network is communicably situated between the plurality of caching devices and the local caching device. The local caching device is operable to retrieve a requested resource from at least one of the plurality of caching devices, deliver the requested resource to the client device over the local network, and store the requested resource for future requests by other client devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Level 3 Communications, LLC
    Inventors: James Q. Crowe, John F. Waters, Jr., Andrew Dugan, Christopher Newton, Laurence Lipstone, Kenneth Brookman, Joseph Lawrence, Andrew Swart, David Fullagar, Kevin Paul
  • Patent number: 9852016
    Abstract: A first component receives from a second component a set of diagnostic parameters to include in a diagnostic heartbeat packet, and information identifying a data communication protocol to be used for transmitting the diagnostic heartbeat packet. The diagnostic heartbeat packet is a packet comprising a header, a set of heartbeat parameters, and the set of diagnostic parameters. The first component sets a first diagnostic parameter in the set of diagnostic parameters to a first value, the first value being selected to detect a first soft network error condition. A soft network error condition is a network error condition that adversely affects transmission of packets having certain properties in the data communication network. The first component configures the diagnostic heartbeat packet for transmission using the specified data communication protocol and including the set of diagnostic parameters, and sends the diagnostic heartbeat packet to the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Douglas James Griffith, Astrid Angela Jaehde, Robert Scott Manning
  • Patent number: 9851933
    Abstract: There is a method and system for capability-based resource allocation in a software-defined environment that performs the following steps (not necessarily in the following order): (i) determining a set of capability characteristics for a plurality of workload resources within a software-defined environment; (ii) determining a set of workload components for a specified workload; and (iii) identifying a set of workload resources from the plurality of workload resources to allocate to the specified workload based, at least in part, on the set of capability characteristics corresponding to each workload within the set of workload resources. A workload component of the set of workload components has a unique set of workload characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brad L. Brech, Scott W. Crowder, Hubertus Franke, Jeffrey A. Frey, Nagui Halim, Matt R. Hogstrom, Yu-Cheng Hsu, Dilip D. Kandlur, Chung-Sheng Li, David B. Lindquist, Stefan Pappe, Pratap C. Pattnaik, Balachandar Rajaraman, Radha P. Ratnaparkhi, Renato J. Recio, Rodney A. Smith, Michael D. Williams
  • Patent number: 9843487
    Abstract: Described herein is a system and method for provisioning or controlling services using a hybrid service management engine (SME) plugin. In accordance with an embodiment, SMEs provide a means by which service types can be plugged into a cloud environment. For example, an SME can control a service-specific lifecycle, including provisioning, management, and monitoring of a service type. In accordance with an embodiment, an SME plugin associated with a service type can extend a hybrid SME plugin, to delegate one or more lifecycle operations to be controlled with shell or other scripts. Since a service provider can be associated with an SME that is used for the lifecycle and configuration of its services, the use of a hybrid SME plugin allows shell scripts to be leveraged to assist in the provisioning and control of those services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventors: Rajiv Mordani, Abhijit Kumar, Nazrul Islam, Byron Nevins, Chanda Rani Patel
  • Patent number: 9817830
    Abstract: To manage at least one user tag (EtU) which is associated with a multimedia object (ObM) held by a user and stored in memory on an application server (SA), the user tag being liable to be accessed by at least one other user through a telecommunications network (RT), the application server (SA) semantically analyzing the user tag (EtU) to determine a structured set (VoS) of confidentiality tags (EtC). When another user accesses the user tag (EtU), the application server determines the social category of the other user in relation to the user and selects a confidentiality tag (EtC) from the structured set (VoS) relating to the user tag (EtU) based on the determined social category. The selected confidentiality tag (EtC) is sent to the other user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Hakim Hacid, Johann Stan
  • Patent number: 9819629
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and method for analyzing a collection of communication messages. The communication messages may be any one of a collection of electronic mail messages, voicemail messages, instant messaging dialogs and other forms of communications. The collections of communications, such as electronic mail messages, may be selected by a user and then subsequently processed to determine the identity of any of the user's contacts within the communications. The contacts may then be arranged in a relative priority arrangement whereby contacts which have been identified as engaging in prior reciprocal communications with the user are given higher priority. Higher priority may also be given to contacts which engage in more recent communications with the user. Specific contact relationships may be inferred from the communications depending on whether specific contacts are repeatedly mentioned within the communication messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Ellen Isaacs, Bonnie A. Nardi, Stephen Whittaker
  • Patent number: 9817885
    Abstract: A method for grouping network service users includes acquiring attribute and/or behavior data of multiple users within a current period, and converting the attribute and/or behavior data into standardized data; determining multiple group central points according to the standardized data, and placing the standardized data in a group where a group central point having a shortest distance is located; determining group features of groups according to standardized data in the groups; and separately pushing corresponding service push information to users in the groups according to the group features of the groups. In addition, an apparatus for grouping network service users is further described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Xiangyong Yang, Zhibing Ai, Lichun Liu, Chuan Chen